Sell versus Sale

October 16, 2013 22:46 pm · 2 comments

by ResinMuse

Sale and Sell sometimes get used interchangeably in our hobby. I’ve been trying to come up with a clever way to help people remember which to use – Sale vs Sell.

First, definitions and examples.

Sell is a verb, a verb is an action word – a ‘doing’ word (in our hobby world).  It means to give or hand over (something) in exchange for money.

“I need to sell this doll to have enough money to buy my grail doll.”
“Your hats are cute, you should sell them on Etsy!”

If you are going to sell something, you’re the Seller.
If someone else sells something, they are the seller. I sell. You sell. We sell. They sell.

Sale is a noun, a thing (intangible, but still a thing). A sale is an event for the rapid disposal of goods at reduced prices for a period, esp. at the end of a season. Also, the price for which something is sold.

“My favorite etsy shop is having a sale. Everything is 25% off!” 
“I wish Luts would have a sale on their wigs. I need more for incoming dolls!”

You can think of Sale as been the same as the price or discount.
“The sale price for that hat is $10.” (sale price is $10 – sale = $10)

You can’t ‘sale’ something. But you can offer a sale price on the items you are selling.

A sale is a thing (noun).  “They are having a sale after October 31.”
A sell is a verb (action word). “They are selling everything for 75% off.”

” That seller is having a sale, selling everything at 75% off.”
Seller – Person/shop || sale – a thing, price or discount || selling – verb, describing what the seller is doing

Clear as mud?

Often, you can put ‘a’ and ‘the’ in from of sale and it makes sense – because it’s a noun. This doesn’t typically work for sell (there are always exceptions).

The sale(s) price is $25.00.  I am selling that for $25.00. (I am selling it, because I am the seller – and I can tell you the sale price.)

Just remember, if you can sell something, you’re the seller. If you are the seller, you can only sell things, and your price is the sales price. If you’re the seller, you don’t sale things.

Which is correct?

I want to sell my doll. The doll is mine, so I am selling it. That makes me the seller.

I want to sale my doll. The doll is mine, so I am saling it. That makes me the sale-er.

Many people have little tricks that help them remember sometimes tough things.
Do you have a trick to help you remember the difference between Sale and Sell?
If so, comment, we want to hear it.




{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

WinonaFlammery October 17, 2013 at 7:51 pm

You can have a doll “for sale” though, without it being at a discount. Just means you’re selling it ;)


ResinMuse October 17, 2013 at 8:50 pm

Yes, exactly. I think I used something like that in an example. :)


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